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A Flock Of Seagulls

As well-known for their bizarrely teased haircuts as their hit single "I Ran (So Far Away)," A Flock of Seagulls were one of the infamous one-hit wonders of the new wave era. Growing out of the synth-heavy and ruthlessly stylish new romantic movement, A Flock of Seagulls were a little too robotic and arrived a little too late to be true new romantics, but their sleek dance-pop was forever indebted to the short-lived movement. The group benefitted considerably from MTV's heavy rotation of the "I Ran" video in the summer of 1982, but they were unable to capitalize on their sudden success and disappeared nearly as quickly as they rocketed up the charts.

Hairdresser Mike Score (lead vocals, keyboards) formed A Flock of Seagulls with his brother Ali (drums) and fellow hairdresser Frank Maudsley (bass) in 1980, adding guitarist Paul Reynolds several months later. The group released its debut EP on Cocteau Records early in 1981, and while the record failed to chart, its lead track, "Telecommunication," became an underground hit in Euro-disco and new wave clubs. The band signed a major-label contract with Jive by the end of the year, and their eponymous debut album appeared in the spring of 1982. "I Ran (So Far Away)" was released as the first single from the album, and MTV quickly picked up on its icily attractive video, which featured long shots of Mike Score and his distinctive, cascading hair. The single climbed into the American Top Ten, taking the album along with it. In the U.K., "I Ran" didn't make the Top 40, but "Wishing (If I Had a Photograph of You)" reached number ten later that year; in America, that single became a Top 40 hit in 1983, after "Space Age Love Song" peaked at number 30. "Wishing" was taken from the group's second album, Listen (1983), which was moderately successful.

However, the band's fortunes crashed shortly after the release of Listen as 1984's The Story of a Young Heart failed to produce any hit singles. Reynolds left after the album and was replaced by Gary Steadnin; the band also added keyboardist Chris Chryssaphis. The new lineup was showcased on 1986's Dream Come True, which failed to chart. Shortly after its release, the band broke up. Mike Score assembled a new lineup of A Flock of Seagulls in 1989, releasing the single "Magic" and touring the U.S.A. The band failed to make any impact and most of the members left by the end of the year. The band continued to tour worldwide, although with major changes to its members, and in 1996 released a new album, The Light at the End of the World. ~ Stephen Thomas Erlewine
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Selected Discography

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Track List: We Are The '80s

1. I Ran (So Far Away)

2. Space Age Love Song

3. Wishing (If I Had A Photograph Of You)

4. The More You Live, The More You Love

5. Telecommunication

6. Nightmares

7. Transfer Affection

8. (It's Not Me) Talking

9. Remember David

10. Heartbeat Like A Drum

11. Modern Love Is Automatic

12. Lost Control

13. D.N.A.

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Track List: The Best Of A Flock Of Seagulls

1. I Ran (So Far Away)

2. Space Age Love Song

3. Telecommunication

4. The More You Live, The More You Love

5. Nightmares

6. Wishing (If I Had A Photograph Of You)

7. (It's Not For Me) Talking

8. Transfer Affection

9. Who's That Girl (She's Got It)

10. D.N.A.

11. Wishing (If I Had A Photograph Of You) (Extended Version)

12. The Story Of A Young Heart

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Track List: Listen

1. Wishing (If I Had A Photograph Of You)

2. Nightmares

3. Transfer Affection

4. What Am I Supposed To Do

5. Electrics

6. The Traveller

7. 2:30

8. Over The Border

9. The Fall

10. (It's Not Me) Talking

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Track List: Flock Of Seagulls

1. I Ran (So Far Away)

2. Space Age Love Song

3. You Can Run

4. Don't Ask Me

5. Messages

6. Telecommunication

7. Modern Love Is Automatic

8. Standing In The Doorway

9. D.N.A.

10. Man Made

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Track List: Mean Sound

1. Mean Sound

2. Vetted

3. Mean Sound (Strategy Dub)

4. Mean Sound (Slight Return)

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One getaway ride of ultimate imagination for most...livin g it is awesome. ..SYLWB
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Reminds me of joyriding in your car
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arrowdave6
Hey dschmidt15 take it easy on the bio guy, I'm sure he didn't think anyone would bother to read about these dick holes anyway.
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So, according to the above bio, they were hairdressers then? Not sure if I caught that after about 3 or 4 mentions. So...per the biographer.. . they dealt in hair before their music career took off? Gosh, you know, what the heck, that just might explain their signature look! Thanks, genius rock critic writer guy!
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arrowdave6
Good choice for a name. We all know what a flock of seagulls leave behind. Very appropriate.
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Good cruising song on the road. GTA Vice City also Pulp Fiction. Not sure if anyone remembers. Hey you Flock Of Seagulls!!!! !
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moleculematt
This helps with my jogging. I ran 5 miles with this song and many other songs playing on my mp3 player.
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Say your crushes name 10 times
Kiss your hand
Send this to two other songs
Look at your hand
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Awesome 80s!!!!
Great times never forget them!!!

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I'd run so far away...one of the titles of my life.
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Really great but underrated band! 80's Love Forever❤️❤️❤
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This was my group in the day. I had the tape. My sister hated them. She would say my favorite band is flock of f..........
She is a trip. I still love these cats.
I ran! Didn't get me far but I sure ran. Ha ha. Love ya
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It can't be easy to fit Aurora Borealis into a song.. Nice
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Timeless great memories
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Saw your eyes and they made me cry for a little while I was falling in love, Yeah I guess that is SPACE AGE LOVE.!!!
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Maybe Somewhere in The Ocean We Would Find The Flock Of Seagulls.
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:)
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tshawn586
this is an awesome song... aurorae borealis.... fab!
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Bowling for Soup cover is OK
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as longs as the 80's bars/night club keep popping, so will the Flock of Seagulls. love their jams
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craswilson
I Ran was one of my fav hits my senior year of HS.
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Austin Powers brought me here....he said the 70s and the 80s only had a gas shortage and a flock of seagulls...t h a t ' s it
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Such an underrated band .
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Scar face brought me here
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Terrific ! Takes me right back to the days ..the good old days !!
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Awsome!!
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Sooo nooo
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ciabun65
Great band and timeless song
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The article written by a total douche bag describes them as a one hit wonder, and then goes on to talk about their 2 other hit songs.
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Vice city
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And Donald Trump borrowed their haircut
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Good shihcër
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I love 80"s best music ever
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And I ran I ran so far away couldn't get away! Couldn't get away
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Aurora borealis I never thought I'd see a girl like you and then I got screwed
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They just had one song, no?
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US FESTIVAL 1983 the best ever! !
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Just classic.
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So in the bio it claims that they were an infamous one hit wonder but then go on to say that Wishing (if I had a photograph of you) was top 10. Umm wouldn't that be considered two hits?
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